Claudia Cruz

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Claudia Cruz
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Claudia Julissa Cruz Rodríguez
(1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 28)
Bonao, Dominican Republic
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Mundo Dominicana 2004
Miss World Caribbean 2004
Major
competition(s)
Miss Dominican Republic 2004
(5th Runner-Up)
Miss Mundo Dominicana 2004
(Winner)
Miss World 2004
(1st Runner-Up)

Claudia Julissa Cruz Rodríguez (born February 5, 1986 in Bonao) is a Dominican beauty pageant titleholder who represented her country at the Miss World 2004 pageant.

After representing Bonao and placing only as the 5th Runner-Up in the Miss Dominican Republic 2004 pageant, which was won by Larimar Fiallo, Cruz decided to take another chance at the new revamped and independent Miss Mundo Dominicana contest. For the first time ever the contest would be a reality show, the semifinalists being narrowed down by judges and the finalists and winners based on public vote. Having received 66% of the votes, Claudia was named winner on October 10, 2004 only a month before departure to the contest. Despite the lack of time to prepare herself for the Miss World pageant, she won the title of Continental Queen of the Caribbean and finished as the 1st Runner-Up to the eventual winner, María Julia Mantilla from Peru.

Cruz is the first Dominican beauty queen to have been elected by public vote. She is also the second-highest placed Dominican ever in the Miss World contest as she placed second, only Mariasela Álvarez has placed higher as she was the winner of Miss World 1982.

Cruz crowned her successor Elisa Abreu, on July 10, 2005.

Claudia has a sister, sports reporter Carolina Cruz de Martínez, who is married to the famous Dominican pitcher Pedro Martínez.

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Preceded by
María Eugenia Vargas
Miss Mundo Dominicana
2004
Succeeded by
Elisa Abreu
Preceded by
Jade Fulford
Miss World Caribbean
2004
Succeeded by
Ingrid Marie Rivera
Preceded by
Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Miss World First Runner-up
2004
Succeeded by
Dafne Molina